Congrats to Winners of First Annual Defenders of Liberty Grassroots Activism Awards

First Annual Defenders of Liberty: Grassroots Activism Awards

original post via Doug landers here >>>

Saturday August 24, 2013 Tulsa Area

On Saturday, August 24, a group of over 60 liberty-minded individuals gathered on the back lawn of a local church in Tulsa, Oklahoma to celebrate the dedication of some of their local activists at the first annual Defenders of Liberty: Grassroots Activism Awards.

Defenders of Liberty: Grassroots Activism Awards

Award Winners with Event Organizers (Left to Right): Karen Cuellar, Peggy Burgess, Joanna Francisco,

Martha Vermillion (for Matthew), TC Ryan, Ronda Vuillemont-Smith, Ryan Underwood,

Amanda Teegarden, Samantha Jones, Maria Barnes, David Oldham

While this weekend we gave special recognition to but a few individuals, the efforts of all do not go unseen. Every sign planted, door knocked, cold call made, letter written to your representative, voter educated, idea communicated, and voice outspoken matters. This is a movement whose lifeblood is the individual, because it is one that finally recognizes that single entity’s power. This power is most feared by international bankers, power hungry politicians, corrupt lobbyists, and all their extensions of force. This power is called human energy; it cannot be controlled by those who seek control, but solely by the individual. This power can be temporarily stifled with taxes, regulations, oppression, starvation, torture, endless war, or even murder; but it cannot be stopped. The power to affect change is inherent in each and every one of us, each of you reading these words on the screen in front of you. You are a free and sovereign individual, whose duty is to claim the liberty that is rightfully his.

Today, we adorned our activists and community leaders with awards by the names of Lysander Spooner, Patrick Henry, and Samuel Adams; but one day, our descendants will be adorning their own heroes with awards named after the likes of Ryan Underwood, David Oldham, Amanda Teegarden and company. The ranks of the honored are but waiting for you, and as King Henry V so eloquently spoke in his Saint Crispin’s Day Speech:

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

Believe me when I say that it has been an honor to strive so valiantly alongside these noble souls for the cause of Liberty, and I look forward to the many battles we have yet to fight, the new friendships that have yet to be formed, and the brushfires to be lit in hearts and minds. Continue to fight the good fight, never back down from your principles, and keep sharing your ideas; you just may be a future recipient of an award at the next Defenders of Liberty: Grassroots Activism Awards.


Defenders of Liberty: Grassroots Activism Awards Winners, in Order Awarded

Thomas Jefferson Writers Award, awarded to Peggy Burgess

Defenders of Liberty: Grassroots Activism Awards

Peggy’s acceptance speech was short and sweet: “I wasn’t rebellious as a teenager so it’s only fitting I am as a 60-something year old lady.”

Patrick Henry Activist Award, bestowed upon David Oldham

Defenders of Liberty: Grassroots Activism Awards

David Oldham is known for fearlessly speaking his mind at town hall meetings, even to the Mayor himself.

Thomas Paine New Activist Award, given to Karen Cuellar

Paul Revere Messenger Award, awarded to Matthew Vermillion (accepted by his wife, Martha)

Frederick Douglas Award, bestowed upon Maria Barnes

Lysander Spooner Award, given to Ryan Underwood

Samuel Adams Statesman of the Year Award, awarded to Amanda Teegarden


Award Winners (Left to Right): Martha Vermillion (for Matthew), Peggy Burgess, Ryan Underwood,

Amanda Teegarden, Maria Barnes, David Oldham, Karen Cuellar


Liberty on Tap Banner 2013

Special thanks to Doug Landers for this post for Finding Gem & Sharing Them

and the OKGrassroots Network.

Congrats to all the winners and all those who helped!


Hello Kitty Caper: Community Activism and Voluntaryism

Beautifully said and a story worthy of sharing and spreading —

Pay it forward folks and you will change the world!

See story via Liberty on Tap – Tulsa here >>>

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

Photo credit: via TC Ryan on Facebook

Liberty on Tap


The Tulsa State Fair is in town. The midway is bustling with the sights and sounds of rides and games….and the Tulsa County Sheriff Department, in place to protect and serve. One undercover deputy saved many fair goers from a menace to society, from a dangerous threat for all those attracted to the balloon/dart game…..he saved them from the Hello Kitty carney.

The deputy negotiated a price for the Hello Kitty doll rather than play the game. The Hello Kitty was soon in his possession as was Frank, the carney. He was thrown in a cage and charged with violating the Carnival Fraud Act and slapped with a $500 bond. Frank is apparently an indigent worker from Texas.

As the story hit the media, more and more people expressed negative comments against law enforcement. One group of individuals found this injustice outrageous and worked together to raise money to…

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Defenders of Liberty – Thomas Paine Award to Karen Cuellar

Thomas Paine Award - Karen Cuellar

Congratulations to Karen Cuellar!

Upon receiving the award Saturday August 24th in Tulsa, she said

“Humbled/honored/grateful/undeserving. I absolutely loved getting this tonight and standing beside and among so many great selfless liberty lovers. Thomas Paine, my favorite, so perfect and fitting: “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” Thank you for your encouragement, example, and giving my weary self the nudge I needed to continue the fight.”

With Joanna Francisco TC Ryan Ronda Vuillemont-Smith Josh Oldham David Oldham Nancy Humphreys Doc Liberty – you guys rock!

Video of event here:

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Karen is on facebook here >>>

More on this event via OK-SAFE here >>>  and

via Liberty on Tap Tulsa here >>>

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

Oklahoma GOP State Convention photos via Cleveland County Grassroots

TC Ryan gets best dressed award

TC Ryan at Amanda Teegarden’s booth on Saturday.  We have given TC Ryan the best dressed award by unanimous consent of the grassroots!  Special thanks to Lori Steen of Cleveland County Grassroots for a series of incredible photos that captured the events at the Oklahoma State Convention this weekend posted here on facebook:

Cleveland County Grassroots Photo Album on Facebook


Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

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